Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Homeschooling Books I have read and enjoyed (so far)

"So you're thinking about homeschooling" Lisa Whelchel (This was the first book I read, bought it at Koorong and would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of homeschooling. It gives you a glimpse into some of the composite families lives that the author has met and put together. Shows you the wide range of homeschooling family situations, options and methods)

"For the children's sake" Susan Schaeffer Macaulay - A great introduction to Charlotte Mason's philosophy of homeschooling.

"A Charlotte Mason Education" Catherine Levinson - A great "how to" book for implementing the CM methods.

"A Charlotte Mason Companion" Karen Andreola - Another great "how to" book for implementing CM methods with more details on each topic. A highly enjoyable book to read!

"The 3 R's" by Ruth Beechick - A "how to" book, on teaching the three R's from K-3

Books for three to five year olds

These are some of the many books that we have read to Rebekah and which she has requested to be read to her many times over:)
They are all the original and unabridged versions. We steer clear of the abridged, watered down versions.

"The 20th Century Children's Book treasury" selected by Janet Schulman
(jjust some of her favourite stories: Harry the dirty dog, Amelia Bedelia, Millions of Cats, Frog and Toad are friends)
"Caps for Sale" Esphyr Slobodkina
"Because I love you" Max Lucado
"You are special" Max Lucado
"The cat in the hat" Dr Seuss
"The complete tales and poems of Winnie the Pooh" A A Milne
Almost all of the Beatrix Potter books - some of them are:
The tale of Peter Rabbit, The tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher, The tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, The tale of Samuel Whiskers or the Roly Poly Pudding, etc
"The story of Babar" Jean de Brunhoff

Some others are:

"A Child's book of Art" by Lucy Micklethwait (great introduction to art) (Rebekah refers to this book as her most favourite book!)
"A picnic with Monet" Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober ( a beautiful board book with poetry to Monet's art)
Golden books : "My little golden book about God", "The poky little puppy" and "The saggy baggy elephant" are some of her faves.